Staying connected is now an obligatory part of showing you care. According to a study from Kaspersky Lab, connectivity is now a vital part of our duty to family, friends and loved ones. The research shows that when people canât use their devices, their most common worries are that family and friends will be concerned about them (51 per cent) and that they will not be able to help a family member if something happens (45 per cent). Â
For instance, imagine if you are meeting your partner for an important anniversary one evening. But suddenly you realise youâre late. You need to let your partner know â you donât want them to feel unloved or abandoned â but just when youâre about to contact them, your phone runs out of battery. Youâre left unconnected, and you know your important anniversary isnât going to go well.
Concerns about not being connected, and what this means for our love-lives, are often justified. The impact of not having a working connection can range from simply missing a date (21 per cent),Â to longer-term problems, with one-in-six (15 per cent) admitting to having issues with their loved ones as a result of their device running out of battery, being misplaced or getting stolen.
And itâs not just relationships that are damaged â many of us mess up without our connected devices to guide us through daily life. Out of the survey, respondents that have had a connectivity issue, a fifth (21 per cent) have missed out on an educational/business opportunity, 16 per cent have got lost, and one-in-ten (13 per cent)Â have missed out on a social opportunity like a party, as a result of their device not keeping them online.
Despite their dependency on staying connected, 18 per cent of people do nothing to keep their devices working and online, only 34 per cent control their battery levels and just one-in-five (22 per cent) regularly check their deviceâs health.
âConnectivity plays a big part in our daily lives. As the research shows, without access to their devices, people mess up â they miss out on opportunities, get lost, and worry about each other. Whatâs clear is that not being connected can also have a lasting impact on our relationships â because if we mess up there, itâs the heart that can get hurt. When peopleâs attitude to device safety is lax, thatâs exactly what can happen â because couples expect each other to respond, parents expect to be able to instantly find out where their children are, and friends donât expect to go ignored. It is vital that more measures are taken to protect our devices better, and to maintain connectivity,â says Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Security Cloud helps people to avoid messing up. Its adaptive security means that users can keep their devices online, to avoid getting into trouble with loved ones. The solution is able to adapt to peopleâs connectivity needs and contains several features to help Mac, Windows, iOS and Android users live their digital lives without the risk of losing their connectivity when itâs needed most. For example: Â
When your children are out, and you need to know if they can contact you â the new Battery Tracker feature in Kaspersky Safe Kids means parents know whether children can connect or not. It notifies parents when the battery level gets low on their childrenâs mobile devices.
When you suddenly canât make it to a date or appointment, and you donât want to leave them hanging â Device Power Consumption tells you how much battery you have left on your Android device, and how much time you have before it runs out, so that you can let people know whatâs going on before itâs too late.
When youâve lost your device, but if you donât respond, it could be the end of your relationship or career â the Anti-Theft feature will help you locate and get your Android device back so that you can send that crucial message. It allows users to turn on their lost deviceâs alarm, lock and locate the device, and even take a mugshot of the person using it.